A new feature called RideCheck is being rolled out to Uber users in the US today with more countries earmarked to receive it soon.
RideCheck was first mentioned in 2018 as a way to use the sensors in a smartphone to determine whether a rider has been in an accident.
The sensors Uber is making use of include the GPS, the accelerometer and gyroscope among others.
The feature will alert both the rider and driver should RideCheck detect an anomaly. Both users will receive a notification to check whether everything is okay along with a list of emergency services numbers.
Looking at a report from The Verge, it appears as if the rider still needs to make the call to emergency services but Uber safety operators can reach out to determine if the rider is safe.
The report goes on to reveal that RideCheck is able to deal with false positives such as when you drop your phone during a ride.
“This technology will continue to evolve, and we are working to add additional scenarios to RideCheck. Helping keep millions of riders and drivers around the world safe is a huge responsibility with unique challenges. While I’m proud of the progress we’ve made, when it comes to safety, we know our work is never done,” said Uber’s head of safety products, Sachin Kansal in a blog post.
As mentioned RideCheck will be headed to other countries soon although Uber hasn’t outlined a timeline for this.